Program Highlights & Service Learning
The Service-Learning component of the program will be coordinated by the University of Pretoria. The practice lecturer for the sociology module will work closely with the program’s Academic Coordinator to develop schedules that provide participants a once-a-week full-day opportunity to meaningfully engage with the local community and do service of value.
In addition to the regular monthly service-learning reflection sessions, and as a complement to course work done at the University of Pretoria, the program will feature two reflective weekend retreats in North Pretoria as well as weekly one-on-one spirituality sessions designed to encourage participants to consider their academic and service-learning experience, in relation to larger questions about life, justice, faith and personal beliefs. Placement venues include:
Erasmus Community is a semi-rural settlement of roughly 10,000 people about an hour away from Pretoria with a community organization led by local residents actively engaged with projects in primary education, computer training, nutrition, childcare, agriculture, bridge building and other construction projects.
Soshanguve is a township situated next to Erasmus in the Gauteng Province. Although similar to Erasmus in many regards, it does have a wider infrastructure than Erasmus. Soshanguve is characterised as a poor township and its residents are eager to meet new people who want to work in the community. Students will work alongside qualified social workers from the South African Women Federation (SAWF) that operates in the community. Projects at Soshanguve include Soshanguve South Secondary School where students will have the opportunity to assist and become involved in the schools’ guidance program, and SAWF Community library where students will have the opportunity to organize and transform the develop the library.
The main mission of the Future Families organization is to provide quality, appropriate and relevant care to children and families infected by HIV/Aids in the townships of Mamelodi, Eersterust, Olievenhoutbosch and Sunnyside. Their model of intervention is hailed as very successful in the communities where Future Families serve and operate because of the large numbers of children that are involved. Ubuntu students can become involved in Future Families projects through the following channels: Educational Support, Mama Zama and Groupwork Activities.
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SOCI 3044: Poverty and Community Development taught by Prof. Antoinette Lombard
HIST 3789: Modern South Africa Stories